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‘A sylum G ained ’? A spects of M eaning in T homas A dès's A syla

‘A sylum G ained ’? A spects of M eaning in T homas A dès's A syla ABSTRACT Critical commentary on Thomas Adès's orchestral piece Asyla (1997) has so far chosen to concentrate on the implications of the work's ambivalent title. The present article seeks to explore the nature of this reception history in greater depth, in particular the way that Asyla has been represented through the medium of television. Employing strategies outlined in Nicholas Cook's work on musical multimedia, this form of visual mediation is combined with the music of Asyla in order to fashion a coherent hermeneutic paradigm. Concerned to question the purpose of any univocal interpretation, however, a formalist reading of the work's finale then proceeds to invert the relationship between primary and secondary analytical perspectives, an approach which reveals the value of an expanded semantic field. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Music Analysis Wiley

‘A sylum G ained ’? A spects of M eaning in T homas A dès's A syla

Music Analysis , Volume 25 (1‐2) – Mar 1, 2006

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Wiley
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Copyright © 2006 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0262-5245
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1468-2249
DOI
10.1111/j.1468-2249.2006.00234.x
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Abstract

ABSTRACT Critical commentary on Thomas Adès's orchestral piece Asyla (1997) has so far chosen to concentrate on the implications of the work's ambivalent title. The present article seeks to explore the nature of this reception history in greater depth, in particular the way that Asyla has been represented through the medium of television. Employing strategies outlined in Nicholas Cook's work on musical multimedia, this form of visual mediation is combined with the music of Asyla in order to fashion a coherent hermeneutic paradigm. Concerned to question the purpose of any univocal interpretation, however, a formalist reading of the work's finale then proceeds to invert the relationship between primary and secondary analytical perspectives, an approach which reveals the value of an expanded semantic field.

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Music AnalysisWiley

Published: Mar 1, 2006

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